By Miriam Rossow

We have so many choices throughout our parenting journey. Just walk into a Babies-R-Us and you are overwhelmed with the choices of clothes, nursery themes, furniture, pumps, bottles, pacifiers, strollers, toys, bibs, car seats, and on and on! The choices can be overwhelming and difficult to make.

I remember when I had my first child I found it exciting to go and register. However, I had no real idea of what I wanted or needed from most of these products. I was mostly looking at the pattern. By the time I had the fourth child I knew the easy  latch system was essential for a car seat and the how well the stroller handled while pushing it with one hand was a key. I knew that although the diaper genie was nice it was not essential and even smelled more than advertised!

As I continue on this parenting journey the choices continue. Now I am deciding how to school my children, how much freedom I want to give them with food, how I feel about sleepovers or electronics. And on and on the choices go!

Sometimes we make choices by trial and error, like I did with a stroller. Sometimes we research our options. This is how my sister operates. Often getting advice from our peers is helpful. Often a mix of these things is the most helpful.

As the year winds down and the choices for next year begin we want to give you the opportunity to hear a little about the different options you have for schooling; private, public, charter, and homeschool.

Our children are gifts from God. Each is unique and the way we parent with in families and between children will vary. What I know is that parents want to make the best decision for their children. Sometimes our decisions need to be changed and sometimes the first choice is the best.

No matter what decision you make for your children’s schooling know that God goes with you. He walks next to us and even carries us sometimes in our decisions and when something goes wrong with a decision; He is there to forgive.

So find out the information and make an educated choice and trust and know that God will walk with you, loving you, and forgiving you every day!

We will highlight different education options throughout this month. Look for a more blogs to come.

To read more about the private school option of St. Paul Lutheran check out this blog; St. Paul a Great Choice for School.

To learn more about the option of homeschool check out this blog; Shaping Kids Through Homeschool by Rachael Varblow.

To learn more about the option of college credits during high school read Janette Haak’s blog titled School of Choice.